I find Lonely Planet's guides always a pleasure to read, even if I am not planning on a trip to a particular country at the time. They are also very useful. It feels as if a local person is sharing in a conversation their favourite places and letting us know of tips on local etiquette, local food places that are a must try, or festivals that will be a pleasure to your ears and eyes. The Best Things in Life are Free is a guide that will encourage new adventures that won't bring stress to your wallet!
There are 884 sights and experiences listed for 60 cities all over the world. The guide is divided by continent with the majority of cities covered in Europe and North America. There are several contributing authors sharing their tips for traveling experiences that are free.
Each of the places to visit within each city is colour coded so this makes it easier to find, for example, all the arts & culture related sights.
There is a very handy price index which compares the price of an average day in each destination featured in the book. The average day includes mid range accommodation, three reasonable priced meals, entry to one cultural attraction, one day's travel and one beer or glass of wine, all for one person. I thought it was interesting to see that San Salvador in South America was the most affordable and Caribbean the most expensive.
My favourite parts of this guide were the continent-focused lists, like this one for example, in the photo below, Australia & New Zealand's best free walks.
Traveling can be pricey but with the help of this guide, one could find many great options. I hope to visit some of these places mentioned in the future!
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review from Raincoast Books. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on our personal experience. Your experience may differ.